Meadville Tribune

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February 24, 2014

Board approves Cochranton and Commodore Perry co-op agreement

MEADVILLE — The Cochranton high school football and baseball teams will include several new faces next school year, and they won’t be soley incoming Cochranton High School freshmen.

The Crawford Central School Board voted Monday in favor of a cooperative agreement with Commodore Perry School District that would allow Commodore Perry students to play football and baseball at Cochranton.

The agreement will be implemented Aug. 11 at the start of the fall athletic season, according to a letter attributed by Cochranton High School Principal Don Wigton and Commodore Perry High School Principal Jeff Keeling which was submitted to the Crawford Central School Board at Monday’s meeting.

Cochranton athletic director Shawn Ford called the move a good fit for both parties involved.

“It’s going to provide an opportunity for (Commodore Perry’s) kids to participate in sports that they may not have had the opportunity to otherwise,” Ford said.

Ford said the move also enhances Cochranton’s numbers and will allow them to compete at the junior varsity level.

“We’re excited,” Ford said.

Discussion on a possible cooperative agreement between the school districts began after Commodore Perry’s previous cooperative agreement with Greenville in baseball and football dissolved.

Commodore Perry initiated the split in baseball due primarily to cost and limited participation from Commodore Perry students, Commodore Perry athletic director Jeff Briggs said during an open meeting in September. Greenville students played baseball at Commodore Perry, while Commodore Perry students played football at Greenville as part of the agreement.

 That agreement ends at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Commodore Perry School Board approved the cooperative agreement at its monthly meeting on Feb. 18, putting the deciding vote in the hands of the Crawford Central School Board on Monday.

In the new agreement, Commodore Perry athletes will wear Cochranton uniforms and participate as Cochranton Cardinals. Commodore Perry School District will pay Crawford Central School District $500 per student athlete. That number will be determined based on the number of Commodore Perry athletes on the roster following the fifth game of the regular season, according to the aforementioned letter.

Cochranton will remain a Class A program in both sports.

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